Friday, April 13, 2018

Historic Catholic Cathedral in Vladivostok, Russia, Survived the Purge of the Communist Revolution

I have been here twice to visit.  

A phenomenal place.  

Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand's 1957 Catholic Studytour in Europe: ITALY, THE BLESSED LAND OF BEAUTY


This is a gem from DVH.  I wanted to share this with all.  We are working on re-creating something very similar to be offered by Orbis Catholicus Travel.  We will keep you posted.  Of course it could never be this epic.  Those study tours in the fifties were utterly breathtaking, amazing in every way, uniquely legendary and totally unrepeatable.  Transatlantic sea travel today sadly makes the price prohibitive.   

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Traditional Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage (FSSP)


Announcing: FSSP Holy Land Pilgrimage with rare Jordan extension! Nov. 25 - December 10, 2018. Join Fr. Michael Passo, FSSP (pastor of Mater Misericordiae in Phoenix, AZ) for daily EF Mass and ALL meals included. Our local guide is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Do not miss out. Space is limited.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Family: The Last Resistance

Grow up, get married, have kids, and you are way ahead of the game.  It's that simple.  And difficult.  Not for everyone, but it is most people's call.

The Saint Paul

My favorite hotel.  In St. Paul, Minnesota.  

Monday, April 9, 2018

RIP Thomas Loome (1935-2018)


Eternal rest to a great man, Tom Loome.

He is one of a handful of Americans who studied under Ratzinger during his professor days at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

Thank you, Tom, for creating the English-speaking Catholic world's greatest used book shop.  It brought hours of joy to many of us when we visited the old Swedish church in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Let us hope it will one day return to the same church, now owned by your daughter.    

Obituary: 

Thomas Michael Loome, 83, passed away on March 31 of complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and James and daughter Margaret Mary. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Karen; by children Felicity, Thomas Noah, Cecilia (Jon Moler), David (Anna); granddaughters Fiona and Lydia Moler; and by sister, Carol (Moe) Powers. 

Tom was born in 1935 in Watertown, NY to James and Margaret (Harrigan) Loome on March 7, the traditional feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of teachers. Upon the death of his mother when he was 9, and with his father overseas during WWII, Tom settled with relatives in Boston, and later moved to California with his father and sister. He attended the Christian Brothers’ high school and college (St. Mary’s) in Moraga, CA and entered the Christian Brothers order in 1952. 

Tom taught high school before moving to Germany in 1968 where he earned his Doctorate in Theology at the University of Tübingen. Upon his return to the US in 1976, he left the Christian Brothers and taught college, first at St. Mary’s, followed by St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. Tom and Karen met at St. Anselm’s and later moved to Minnesota. 

Tom is most known for the bookstore he and Karen established, Loome Theological Booksellers, in Stillwater MN. This became the largest second-hand bookstore specializing in works of theology and philosophy in North America. 

Tom was active at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Stillwater, where he taught adult Catechism and other courses for many years. With Karen, he founded the Stillwater Catholic Worker Community in 2000. He was also dedicated to the pro-life cause, and was a vital part of the St. Croix Valley Life Care Center. 

Tom will be deeply missed by his wife and children, other family members, and by his many friends. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 611 South Third St., Stillwater at 11:00 am on Friday, April 6, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00. The wake will be held on Thursday, April 5, at The Old Swedish Church, former home of Loome Theological Booksellers, 320 N. Fourth St., Stillwater, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. (Dress warmly). Memorials are preferred to the Stillwater Catholic Worker Community or to the Loome family, and can be sent to 522 Maple St. W., Stillwater, MN 55082. 

See here for obituary source.    

Friday, April 6, 2018

March for Life in Rome! #perlavita2018

This has become the ONE BIG event in Rome each year.  Every citizen should participate. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Missa Regina Coeli - Kyrie

Missa Regina Coeli by William J. Marsh

A lovely Mass which my grandfather introduced me to at the Church of the Assumption in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

Every Generation the Church Raises Up New Ecclesial Artists Worthy of the Name


One of the Biggest Problems in the World Today: Fatherlessness

That fathers might walk with their sons and daughters & and sons and daughters with their fathers.  

Archbishop Sample on the Traditional Mass

Catholic Culture: the "Strepitus" at the Conclusion of Holy Week Tenebrae

Angelicum Diploma in Latin

Study in Rome and get yourself one of these.  

Courses offered in two languages: Italian or English. 

Degrees offered in Theology, Philosophy, Thomism, Canon Law, Spiritual Theology, Dogma, Systematic Theology, Fundamental Theology, etc.

See the excellent new Angelicum website here: https://angelicum.it/


Monday, April 2, 2018

Teaser Video for Inaugural BC Sacred Music Symposium (July 20-22, 2018)

This terrific initiative has my full support (it is my home parish!).  
Sts Joachim & Ann Parish in Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada will host the inaugural BC Sacred Music Symposium from July 20-22, 2018.
SEE & SHARE VIDEO HERE: https://vimeo.com/262417363
For registration and more information: http://stsjoachimandann.org/symposium
This event aims to bring together musicians of all skill levels and those interested with a general interest in sacred music for a weekend of instruction, collaboration and fellowship. 
There will be an opportunity to attend practical workshops (beginner, intermediate and masters) and lectures and to experience the riches of the Church’s musical tradition through celebrations of sacred liturgies in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.

Easter Vigil at the FSSP Basilique de Notre-Dame in Fribourg, Switzerland

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fr. Z's Famous Old Tenebrae Cards

Eternal debt to my good friend Fr. Z for these nice keepsake cards he had printed back in the day.  This one is from 1997, my senior year at St. Agnes High School.  Each year he had these commemorative cards printed, always with a different image, which he gave freely to those who sang Tenebrae at the church of St. Agnes in St. Paul, Minnesota.  They made great bookmarks in the Liber Usualis and in general a nice memento.  Each card brings back memories of different years.   

Clacker for Holy Thursday

Monday, March 26, 2018

Spanish Vestments

Relics chapel of Pamplona cathedral.  

Extraordinary Form in Pamplona Cathedral (Spain): the Mass of Saint Josemaría Escrivá

Pamplona is the city where El Padre established his Catholic university in the 1950s, today it hosts the finest faculty of Canon Law in the world.

2018 Palm Sunday Procession in Pamplona, Spain








Catholic Quebec

Thursday, March 22, 2018

I Lived on Parker Avenue

Society of St. Dominic Event in Winnipeg, Canada

The Society of St. Dominic will be honouring The Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii award at the Fort Garry Hotel on Wednesday May 30th, 2018.

The Society has commissioned New York iconographer Mr. Ken Woo to create this inaugural award, which will be presented by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Dr. Michael Sirilla, Director of Graduate Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.


Music for the evening will be provided by the Rembrandt String Quartet.

Tickets are $100 per person, payable by cash or cheque. Cheques shouldbe made payable to the SOCIETY OF ST. DOMINIC.

For further inquiries, email or call the Society of St. Dominic. Messages left at the telephone numbers will be returned by a Society volunteer, so please be patient.


Society of St. Dominic
162-2025 Corydon Avenue, Suite 178
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0N5

Email: societyofstdominic@gmail.com
Telephone: (431) 800-5803
Toll Free: (866) 244-7136


http://www.societyofstdominic.com/new-events/2018/5/30/bishop-schneider-award-dinner

Monday, March 19, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

PILGRIMAGE ANNOUNCEMENT: Poland and Czech Republic 2018

FYI: 15 Days in Poland and Czech Republic with the FSSP: August 13-27! This TLM tour includes the Infant of Prague Shrine in the Czech Republic, the birthplace of St. John Paul II in Poland, the Divine Mercy Shrine of St. Faustina in Krakow (see the original "Jesus I trust in Thee" painting), Auschwitz (to visit the cell where St. Maximilian Kolbe was martyred) and much more. Added bonus: the chaplain is Polish AND the tour coincides with two major Marian feasts (the Assumption and Our Lady of Częstochowa)!

TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT, BOOK SOON.  

Teaching Sacred Music to Catholics: A Welcome Initiative!

Sacred Music Symposium 2017 in California

St. Patrick, Pray for Us!


Friday, March 2, 2018

Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro: Frontline of Free Speech (LIVE)

Catholic History Walks in London

I saw this in London, UK.  Looks very interesting.  If you find yourself in London, be sure to check it out:


Btw, OC-Travel is putting together a Traditional Catholic Tour in England in 2019 -- stay tuned for details.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Billy Graham: 1918-2018

Catholic Humor


Santo Subito

Actually, the decision for beatification/canonization comes in large part from the Cardinal Secretary of State. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

#whywehomeschool (Tip of the Fedora to Fr. Z)

A Great Catholic Hymn: Salve Festa Dies - Catholic Easter Gregorian Chant

Summer 2018 Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to Poland and Czech Republic

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Poland summer 2018! Daily Mass in the EF. Do not miss this rare once-in-a-lifetime tour which also includes the Feast of the Assumption, the Infant of Prague Shrine, the Divine Mercy Shrine, the Birthplace of John Paul II, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, and more.

Catholic Culture: Brave Catholic Statesman